Polk Salad Annie Lyrics

Tony Joe White


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Tony White, Tony Joe White
album: Track 6 in album Black and White
release date: 1969
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Funk / Soul Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock/Southern Rock/Blues Rock
length: 3:41
composer: Tony Joe White
lyricist: Tony Joe White

Cover Art

Tony Joe White Black and White cover art
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If some of ya'll never been down south too much
I'm gonna tell you a little bit about this
So that you'll understand what I'm talkin' about
Down there we have a plant that grows out in the woods
And in the fields looks somethin' like a turnip green
And everybody calls it polk salad, polk salad
Used to know a girl lived down there
And she'd go out in the evenings and pick her a mess of it
Carry it home and cook it for supper
'Cause thats about all they had to eat, but they did all right

Down in Louisiana, where the alligators grow so mean
There lived a girl, that I swear to the world
Made the alligators look tame
Polk salad Annie, polk salad Annie
Everybody said it was a shame
Cause her momma was a workin' on the chain gang
(A mean vicious woman)

Everyday ?for supper time, she'd go down by the truck patch
And pick her a mess of polk salad, and carry it home in a tow sack
Polk salad Annie, the gators got your granny
Everybody says it was a shame
Cause her momma was a workin' on the chain gang
(A wretched, spiteful, straight-razor totin' woman
Lord have Mercy, pick a mess of it)

Her daddy was lazy and no count, claimed he had a bad back
All her brothers were fit for was stealin' watermelons
Out of my truck patch
Polk salad Annie, the gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame
Cause her momma was a workin' on the chain gang
(Sock a little polk salad to me, you know I need me a mess of it)


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Willie and Laura Mae Jones
  • 2 Soul Francisco
  • 3 Aspen Colorado
  • 4 Whompt Out on You
  • 5 Don't Steal My Love
  • 6 Polk Salad Annie
  • 7 Who's Making Love?
  • 8 Scratch My Back
  • 9 Little Green Apples
  • 10 Wichita Lineman
  • 11 The Look of Love